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Shoreham aerojumble returns after six-year break

04 April 2013Written by Joan Porter

“If you were looking for Spitfire parts then you would be most likely to find them here,” says aviation historian Andy Saunders about the annual aerojumble he organises at Shoreham Airport.

Some 100 dealers will come from all over the UK to the Shoreham Aerojumble on Saturday, April 6, to sell from a big marquee on site anything connected with aviation, from its early days to the present, including art, flying clothing, books, ephemera, logbooks, and, to light up the eyes of aviation nuts, bits of aircraft including propellers and instrument panels.

This is a unique event in the UK; there are two others in Europe, in Paris and Germany.

There has been a break in these aerojumbles for the past six years, caused, says Andy, by rising costs at the airport and a decline in sales as dealing on the internet became a more favoured way of doing business. But new airport owners has meant renegotiated terms this year, and hopefully a return to a more hands-on way of trading will see the show's popularity return, albeit now only annually rather than biannually.

Historic Airport

Shoreham Airport - also known as Shoreham (Brighton City) Airport as it runs twice daily flights to Paris Pontoise - is the oldest licensed airport in the UK, opening as an aerodrome in 1911 with the first recorded cargo flight when Horatio Barber in his Valkyrie monoplane flew a box of Osram lightbulbs to nearby Hove from Shoreham Airport in July that year.

The airport, between Brighton and Worthing, is also a beacon for Art Deco lovers with the terminal building opened in 1936 and now Grade II-Listed.

Contact Andy on 01424 753356 or visit www.aerojumbletumblr.com

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